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RE: [dvd-discuss] Hacking requires search warrant -- ruling

Sorry ... the RIAA does represent copyright holders,
so in negotiating both _to_ and _for_ the government
they have a substantial conflict of interest.

The fact that they have _additional_ conflicts
is secondary ;-)

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: D. C. Sessions [mailto:dcs@lumbercartel.com]
> Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 8:43 PM
> To: DVD-Discuss
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Hacking requires search warrant -- ruling
> On Mon, 2002-11-18 at 11:59, Glendon M. Gross wrote:
> > It's almost as though the RIAA would become like a 
> "Department of Art" 
> > or "Department of Copyright Enforcement."  I find it 
> strange that there 
> > is not more resistance to their point of view in the courts, but I 
> > suspect that except for the EFF very few people are actively 
> > representing the opposing view.
> Maybe the best thing to do is accept the RIAA's status as
> a quasi-governmental agency.  There are any number of laws
> regulating the conduct of such agencies, and the Courts
> seem quite willing to apply them strictly.  Wouldn't it be
> fun if the RIAA's meetings were covered by sunshine laws?
> > The RIAA often seems to win these kinds 
> > of cases by "default."   Content creators may need some kind of 
> > representation in government but it should be an impartial 
> > representation, not a partisan representation.  Ultimately 
> I don't think 
> > the RIAA helps artists as much as they do mechanical reproducers of 
> > music [and copyright owners] who often don't compensate the 
> artist at all.
> Actually, the RIAA doesn't represent artists at all.  (You're
> thinking ASCAP or BMI)  The RIAA represents *publishers*, and
> on several occasions has represented them *against* artists.
> The RIAA, for instance, was behind the notorious "work for
> hire" law.
> -- 
> | The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. |
> | Because the slow, feeble old codgers like me cheat.                |
> +--------------- D. C. Sessions <dcs@lumbercartel.com> --------------+